Charles Anthony Hoffman was born in Ironton, Ohio, in 1904. It was while he was working at a drugstore that he decided to enter medicine, enrolling first in the School of Pharmacy at Ohio State. He received his degree in pharmacy and began a brief career as a pharmacist in drugstores in Ironton and in Huntington, West Virginia.
Hoffman later purchased the store and used the income to attend Marshall College, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1931. He was then admitted to the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. In his senior year in medical school he became ill, and lost one of his kidneys. From this incident he decided to specialized in urology. Upon obtaining his medical degree he completed his internship and residency at Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Employees Hospital.
Hoffman became associated with three other urologists in practice at Huntington, West Virginia, where he dedicated the rest of his career to his profession and his community. Almost immediately, he began taking an active part in organized medicine. He served in a number of important positions in the American Medical Association, including delegate, secretary/treasurer and secretary of the Board of Trustees. In 1972 he was elected its 127th President. He also served as President of the American Urological Association and was the first president of the American Association of Clinical Urologists, which he helped found in 1968.
Following the establishment of a medical school at Marshall University, he felt it was important to have a collection devoted to the history of medicine for it faculty and students, as well as area physicians. So, he endowed the library, which bears his name.
He and his wife, Margaret Lynn, reared a family of four---one son and three daughters. He died in 1981 in Huntington, West Virginia.
Click here for a Biographical Sketch of Dr. Hoffman by Dr. Lawrence M. Wyner, M.D.
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